With Sherni, I added a new chapter to my career: Sharat Saxena
For Sharat Saxena, the opportunity to star in Sherni, which came to her “out of the blue”, has become a moment to be cherished forever. Sharat, who has featured in several films such as Mr India, Shaan, Agneepath and others, played the role of a hunter named Ranjan Rajhans aka Pintu Bhaiyya in the Vidya Balan star. His performance received a lot of praise from audiences as well as critics. Speaking of the film, the actor said he always wanted to be in this genre of cinema but hadn’t had the chance before.
In an interview with indianexpress.com, Sharat expressed that he was eternally indebted to director Amit Masurkar for introducing him to a new genre and adding “a new chapter” to his career.
He is full of praise for the director and his “natural” and “unconditional” cinema. “I’ve worked with most directors in the film industry, but I’ve never worked with a director like Amit Masurkar before. I could say I’m lucky to have been able to work with him. He’s a new generation director, a new type of director. He is an unconventional filmmaker who makes a natural film. Things are neither embellished nor dramatized (unlike commercial cinema). He’s making a movie that reflects a normal life, ”Sharat told indianexpress.com.
The actor compared his experience working in a typical Bollywood commercial film to the way director Amit Masurkar was shot.
“I have worked in very dramatic and commercial films. In commercial (Bollywood) films, there must be songs and fight sequences right after a few scenes. I had worked in about 300 films of this type. But this is the first time that nothing like this has happened. It’s the kind of movie I’ve always wanted to be a part of, but with my kind of face, I never got the chance, ”he said.
Sharat said he hasn’t worked with a lot of newbie directors, before shooting for the film he had a little chat with Amit to find out what he expects from him.
“Nowadays, in a movie, the lead role goes through the whole movie with one expression. It’s the new cinema, which is very effective. I asked Amit how he wanted me to be on screen for Sherni because in the movies I worked on earlier the director wanted me to change my expression every minute. “Aap kya kar rahe hai saab? Aapka expression nahi hai, one would say to me.
They always want you to give more phrases than you need to. When I said this to Amit, he laughed and said, “Sir, it will be good if you give the necessary expressions. After the film was released, a lot of people noticed and appreciated my work in this film. People came to me and told me that I had done a much better job in this movie compared to the 300 movies I had done before. And that only happened because I didn’t change my expression too often. I kept it under control. At Sherni my work is very natural and I am grateful to the director for that, ”said the 71-year-old.
But how did he land the role? “This opportunity came out of the blue,” he replied.
“Amit saw me, where I live. He saw me go to the gym. He decided that I would be suitable for the role of Pintu in the film. He made the effort to locate me, call me, meet me and give me the role. I am indebted to him and always will be because he put me in a different genre of movies. I appreciate it. He’s the kind of director who will become more and more popular in the industry now, ”said Sharat.
Sharat’s character in Sherni cannot be called a typical antagonist. However, in the film’s setup, he was an influential negative character with as strong an on-screen presence as Vidya.
When asked what was his first reaction to the script and his character, Sharat replied, “I liked my character. He was a powerful character and the second most important in the film. I wanted to work in the film. When I read the script, I found it the most unusual.
He explained how, in a commercial film, the script is written as the film is being made, but Sherni’s writing was “complete even at the script level.”
“In commercial film, first of all, it’s very rare that the actors have a script. It’s all about improvisation. The need for the script is very low because 50% of the time there is a dance sequence, which is taken over by the choreographer and 30% is action, which is taken up by the action choreographer. This is how a commercial film works. The director is just guiding, ”Sharat said, adding that in Sherni,“ there were no songs, no action and only one director – Amit Masurkar. The script was complete from day one. Nothing to add, nothing to subtract. It was a complete movie, even at the script level.
To wrap up, we asked him how he would describe his second run as an actor.
“It was nice. My second round started about 15 years ago with Saathiya. I started to play old roles. Saathiya started my journey of recovery. Until Saathiya, I was considered a fighter. After Saathiya, people started offering me character roles that had the opportunity to play. I was offered roles where I could play. But with this film (Sherni), I think I added a new chapter to my career, ”said Sharat as he finished.
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